Weight-Loss Wednesday: Making a Plan

Over the last two years, I’ve managed to stay fairly active even in the middle of a global pandemic. I used the Beachbody on Demand and Peloton apps to work out at home until I felt reasonably comfortable returning to the gym last October. I’ve resumed my beloved Red Hot Dance classes, and in March I also added Barre to my weekly routine.

Even though my fitness hasn’t suffered, I’ve gained a significant amount of weight since 2020 and at 158.2lbs I’m currently the heaviest I’ve ever been. I realize that the pandemic was extremely scary and that I’ve endured a lot of anxiety from it, so I’m not upset with myself for gaining weight. But, now that things seem to be getting a little more back to normal, I would really like to improve my eating habits and lose some weight.

I feel like it’s kind of taboo nowadays to say that I’m focusing on weight loss. While I appreciate the anti-diet movement, I think there’s a difference between going on a diet and making changes to your lifestyle with the intention of losing weight. I’ve definitely tried my fair share of diets – Dukan, Medifast, Weight Watchers, and on and on – and what I learned from those experiences is that it’s impossible to sustain weight loss when it’s achieved with changes I’m not willing to make for the rest of my life.

For me, simple calorie counting is a weight-loss method that works, and one I’m willing to do for the rest of my life. I’ve religiously tracked my food since 2007, which was the first time I ever tried to lose weight. Once apps like My Fitness Pal and LoseIt came along, I switched to those from journaling and I literally have years of data in LoseIt about what I eat every day and what I weighed at various points in my life over the last ten years. I don’t mind calorie counting at all and although it’s certainly a possibility that I could change my mind someday, since I haven’t changed it in the last fifteen years I think it’s safe to assume it’s sustainable.

The thing I love about calorie counting is that no foods are off-limits. I just have to budget for them. To me that feels a lot more manageable than following a specific meal plan or cutting things out altogether.

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